A FABERGÉ SILVER-GILT AND ENAMEL TIMEPIECE, WORKMASTER MICHAEL PERCHIN, ST PETERSBURG, 1899-1903
- IVORY, silver, gold, enamel, glass, wood and silk box
Mary, Duchess of Montrose (1884-1957)
Thence by descent
The painted gold foil, or paillon, sprigs call to mind the Gatchina Palace Imperial Easter Egg of 1901, now at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, USA. Also by Perchin, the egg is decorated with green, red and brown-painted paillons of ribbons, foliate swags and trophies of the Arts and Sciences. This complex technique involves applying the gold foil to the top layer of enamel before re-firing it with the final clear sealing layer, or fondant.